• Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Chapter 14 & Conclusion

    Chapter 14: Living the Practice of Forgiveness Every Day Whew! We made it! Or do you feel like you’re just getting started? For me, this book located me somewhere in the middle of the journey that I had already started…but was sort of wandering in the dark without a road map; worldly views and misconceptions making for confusion. Biblical truths coming into focus has helped me to be at ease with the path I’ve travelled thus far, and gentle reminders that forgiveness isn’t a linear process where a finish line is crossed without ever a glance back. Rather, it’s a lot of back and forth. Progress and set-backs. But the…

  • Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Chapters 12 & 13

    Chapter 12: The Part That Loss Plays Bitterness is a bit of a double-edge sword. On the one hand, it allows us to feel something when we might otherwise feel numb BUT it wants to set up residence inside all the wounded places inside of us and wear the disguise of all other chaotic emotions. Grief can make for softening of heart that helps to chip away at the bitterness and allow some perspective to seep in. It hasn’t taken an extreme scenario of grief to allow me time to process my hurts and ponder perspective; but I recognize that grief comes in a multitude of forms, including but not…

  • Reflections on Chapters 10 and 11

    Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Chapters 10 & 11

    Pouring over chapters 10 and 11, it became clear to me that I haven’t questioned or blamed God where the circumstances of my forgiveness journey are concerned. Hmmmmm…… That’s not to say that the content of these chapters didn’t hit home for me. They just did so about a totally different situation: the struggled road we walked to grow our family. A different topic for a whole other time. My journal entry for these two chapters, instead of being filled with thoughts of how these ideas pertain to the forgiveness I am working toward, is filled with bullets of my favorite take-aways from the reading. That is what I will…